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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Hosts a class for children and parents from Salt Lake City’s refugee population (SLC: Oct 14)

October 11, 2011

Dennis Busch
Director of Marketing & PR
(801) 297-4213

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company Strengthens Ties To Refugee Community

As part of its mission to keep contemporary dance an accessible and valued art form, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company will again host a class for children and parents from Salt Lake City’s refugee population Friday, October 14, 2011 at 4-5 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. The Company will teach creative movement and introduce the families to the world of dance. This class continues Ririe-Woodbury’s efforts to reach out to underserved communities through art and creative movement.

Ririe-Woodbury is able to provide this opportunity through its community partners involved with refugee relocation, and this marks the third such class of its kind. Many of the children and their families are new residents of Salt Lake City, working hard to assimilate into western culture. The majority of the children are from Somalia’s Bantu tribe, which historically has had to overcome great challenges assimilating – never learning to read or write in their own language, and never being exposed to electricity or plumbing.

“I am excited that we are able to continue this great partnership and help out refugees in our community,” says Ririe-Woodbury Education Director Georganne “Gigi” Arrington. “Education is such an important part of Ririe-Woodbury, and we are pleased to bring creativity and dance to communities that have limited exposure.”


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